Mouzalas: ''Valid indications'' that asylum-seeing Turkish servicemen participated in Turkish coup

Mouzalas: ''Valid indications'' that asylum-seeing Turkish servicemen participated in Turkish coup

There are valid indications that eight Turkish servicemen awaiting a court decision on receiving asylum in Greece participated in the attempted coup d' etat in Turkey, and this raises an issue with the neighbouring country, Minister for Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas said in the an interview with Skai TV.

Mouzalas cited Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' statement that Greece has rule of law, and the minister said that the country's justice system will deal with the issue.

"I would like to ensure that my country does not grant asylum to people who have participated in a coup d' etat. So I would like a final decision on whether these people participated in a coup," he explained, adding: "My personal view of the Erdogan regime has not changed in any way [...]. Neither I nor the government can tell judges to make a specific decision. We ask them to exhaust the judicial process."

The minister also made clear that "the only certainty is that these people are not returning to Turkey", that in his view this is legitimate, that "at this stage this is good", while he said it was also possible the Turkish nationals could "be placed under humanitarian status".

"If it is proven that they are coup participants - which under our rule of law only courts can decide - they must not be granted political asylum. It's a political move. But they could be in a particularly difficult humanitarian phase. In that case, asylum provides solutions," he noted.

Source: ana-mpa